The Kansas City Chiefs signed former All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wednesday in an attempt to bolster their 28th-ranked pass defense.
“Darrelle is a proven player in this league and we are excited to add him to our secondary,” Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said in a statement. “He’s had a Hall of Fame career and his leadership and playing experience will be valuable to our defense.”
The New York Jets released Revis following a difficult 2016 season and he had not latched on with another team until Wednesday. Revis was a first-round pick in 2007 who has 29 career interceptions and a Hall of Fame resume, but how much impact he can make for the Chiefs remains to be seen.
Many teams viewed Revis as a potential free safety since he has clearly lost a step since his prime and was routinely targeted by opposing quarterbacks last season. The Chiefs have Pro Bowl second-year cornerback Marcus Peters on one side and Terrance Mitchell starting on the other. Former cornerback Ron Parker is the free safety, with Phillip Gaines, Kenneth Acker and Steven Nelson in the nickel and dime packages mix.
“We’re excited to add Darrelle to the roster,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in a statement. “He has experience and familiarity with Bob Sutton’s defense, he’s a team guy and we feel like a player of his caliber can help our football team.”
The Chiefs’ defense has been a major source of concern. Kansas City ranks 28th in the NFL in allowing an average of 383.0 yards per game, 28th (253.8) in pass defense and 29th in run defense (192.2), although the Chiefs are a respectable 14th in allowing an average of 22.0 points per game.
The Chiefs (6-4) lead the AFC West, but are 1-4 since a 5-0 start and are coming off a 12-9 overtime loss to the New York Giants. Kansas City plays host to Buffalo on Sunday.